El Paso, TX Education Overview

Region deserves its reputation for good schools

By John Fuller on May 14, 2014 at 6:00 am EST
El Paso Community College in El Paso, TX

PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Ordoñez

Do the math: El Paso and the Paso Del Norte Region offer strong educational opportunities for students of all ages.

Public Schools

Three public school districts serve the El Paso region. El Paso Independent School District, founded in 1883 and today with 9,000 employees, is the largest, with more than 63,000 students on 92 campuses. Socorro Independent School District is one of the fastest-growing school systems in Texas, with more than 44,000 students on 45 campuses. And 44,000 students attend classes on the 62 campuses that make up Ysleta Independent School District.

El Paso Community College

El Paso Community College serves the region with workforce/economic development and continuing education programs that support lifelong learning for residents. With five campuses, EPCC is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in Texas, serving 27,000 credit students and 8,000 continuing education students.

Three notable programs EPCC offers through its Continuing Education Department are administered through the Contract Opportunities Center, the Small Business Development Center and the Office of Customized Training. Each helps residents start and sustain careers and businesses within the community.


The University of Texas at El Paso, which celebrated its 100th anniversary throughout 2014, has 23,000 students and 71 bachelor's, 76 master's and 20 doctoral degree programs. Washington Monthly ranks UTEP No. 7 in the nation (between Stanford and Harvard) for excellence in social mobility, research and service.

Meanwhile, Texas Tech University’s Health Sciences Center remains home to the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The nursing school recently received full accreditation for its baccalaureate degree program.

The University of Phoenix’s El Paso Campus offers convenient bachelor's and master's degree programs in business and technology, and Southwest University El Paso has a variety of allied health, technology and business programs. Less than an hour from El Paso is New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

With outstanding K-12 school districts, an excellent community college and leading-edge universities, El Paso and the Paso Del Norte Region offer a wealth of educational opportunities for all ages.



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